Cast Spotlight: Rachel Dizard

by stephaniejankowski on May 3, 2016

OMG, you guys. Today is our last cast spotlight. That means our show is THIS WEEK. Our show is in THREE DAYS. At 8pm THIS FRIDAY, you’ll watch Rachael and the rest of our incredible cast take their place before you on the historical stage in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Lecture Hall. Prepare to laugh-cry, ugly-cry, and pump your fists in solidarity because our stories ooze with the universal fears, triumphs, and good intentions of Motherhood.


Photograph by Ashley Mikula Photography

Photograph by Ashley Mikula Photography

Rachael Dizard is a Pittsburgh native. She has returned to her hometown after experimental living elsewhere (San Salvador, El Salvador; Brooklyn, New York; and Jersey City, New Jersey) and a final determination that nothing beats the ‘Burgh.  She is a public interest attorney who is excited about the diverse social justice initiatives taking place all over the city.  She lives in the East End with her husband and toddler, and her large Pittsburgh family “drops in for a visit” with sitcom-like frequency.


Q: What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever written?
A: A poem I wrote for my boyfriend for his 25th birthday in 2008.  He’s now my husband, and I’m pretty sure he married me for my killer rhyming skills.


Q: If you could only ever eat at one restaurant in the Burgh, what would it be and why?
A: Wholey’s in the strip.  I could subsist on fresh sushi and fried fish sandwiches pretty much forever.


Q: If you were mayor of Pittsburgh for a day, what law would you enact/change/do away with and why?
A: I’m a lawyer so it’s hard for me to answer this question without writing a treatise.  I love so much about Pittsburgh, but I recently heard death penalty appeals lawyer Bryan Stevenson give a talk here, and something he said really resonated with me.  He believes that “the true measure of our commitment to justice, the character of our society, our commitment to the rule of law, fairness, and equality cannot be measured by how we treat the rich, the powerful, the privileged, and the respected among us. The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.”  If I could, I would dedicate more of the city’s energy and resources to supporting the most vulnerable among us.


You’re sure to adore Rachael for so willingly pouring her big heart out right in front of you as she waxes philosophical and nostalgic for the simpler times in life that, ironically, most of us are living right now. Her message to cherish the present and hold on to the silly things is one people of all walks of life nod their heads in agreement with. GET. YOUR. TICKETS!

Ellen Ash May 4, 2016 at 7:24 pm

I am so glad Anna posted this on Facebook. Rachel is an amazing woman, mother, daughter, sister, friend and human being!

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